Portable pools subject to same fencing laws
DROWNING is the leading cause of preventable death in children aged 0-4 years in WA.
In the past 10 years, 10 per cent of drowning deaths in this age group occurred in portable pools.
Royal Life Saving Society WA (RLSSWA) has urged parents to be aware of the risk portable pools can pose.
RLSSWA senior manager of health promotion and research Lauren Nimmo said portable pool owners often think pool fencing rules do not apply to them because they see the pool as a temporary struct
But if a portable pool can hold water more than 30cm deep it is subject to the same fencing legislation as below-ground pools.
“The tragic consequence of not fencing a portable pool was seen late last year, with two toddlers hospitalised after drowning in portable pools,” she said.
For more about pool barriers visit www.commerce.wa. gov.au/building-commission.